PSV Eindhoven withdraw Zakaria Bakkali contract offer

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Chelsea have received a boost in their alleged pursuit of Zakaria Bakkali after PSV Eindhoven withdrew their offer of a new contract. (Daily Star)

The 18-year-old winger - who has been tipped as the 'next Eden Hazard' in his homeland - has just 12 months remaining on his current deal, and now looks set to leave the Philips Stadion for a cut-price fee in January.

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PSV sporting director Marcel Brands believes the Belgian is being misled by those around him and feels an Eredivisie exit will be a formality.

Bakkali has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal all monitoring the starlet's situation closely.

However, Jose Mourinho will be hoping he can lure the talented teenager to Stamford Bridge in the hope of making him a star of the future in the Premier League.

Chelsea transfer gossip:

Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he is finally ready to put pen-to-paper on a five-year contract extension with Chelsea. (Sky Sports)

The Belgium international is content to sign the deal after cementing his status as the Blues' number one goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge, ahead of veteran custodian Petr Cech.

Frank Lampard has admitted he would definitely still be a Chelsea player if he was offered a new contract during the summer, but knew it was time to move on after a frank discussion with Jose Mourinho. (The Sun)

The Blues legend won every major honour possible during a glittering 13-year stay at Stamford Bridge, but was forced out of west London after club chiefs decided against offering Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer a new deal when his contract expired this summer.

Jose Mourinho has admitted he tried to convince Fernando Torres to sign for Inter Milan but failed to stop the striker joining AC Milan. (Daily Mail)

The Chelsea manager stated that the 30-year-old was in need of a change of scenery after a turbulent spell in west London.

New Chelsea signing Loic Remy rejected the opportunity to take up the No.9 shirt at Stamford Bridge, recently vacated by much-maligned striker Fernando Torres. (London Metro)

The France international forward, who joined from QPR last weekend instead opted for the No.18 amid fears the Spaniard's former shirt could be cursed.

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